Easy baked tofu with maple miso glaze
This delicious sticky maple miso tofu recipe will take your tofu cooking to the next level. Baked until crispy and then finished on the stove in a maple miso marinade to make it chewy and sticky. Goes great in rice or buddha bowls or tofu veggie stir fry’s. This miso glazed tofu is full of a pleasing savory sweetness.
Miso tofu marinade ingredients
This tofu is packed with flavor. It has a beautiful balance of sweet, salty, savory and acidic, as most Asian recipes do. Filled with simple ingredients and is an easy recipe.
- Soy sauce
- Maple syrup
- Rice vinegar
- Toasted sesame oil – make sure it’s toasted because it will give the marinade a unique flavor.
- Miso paste – Red, yellow or white miso paste are all good.
- Minced fresh ginger & garlic
- Toppings: Sesame seeds or green onion make great toppings.
This recipe is
- gluten free
- high in protein
Should I press the tofu?
Yes, it’s important to press the block of tofu before baking it. Pressing the tofu ensures that the tofu will come out crispy and delicious.
How to press tofu
You can press the tofu in one of two ways:
- Get a tofu press (use code DAMNTASTY for 10% off). I put this off for years and now that I have one, I don’t know how I lived without it. It makes pressing tofu quicker and cleaner. You don’t have to clean up the water or get out a bunch of heavy pans and books. Press the tofu for 15 minutes if you have a press.
- If you don’t have a tofu press, this is how to press tofu: Take it out of the package and set it on a plate. Wrap the tofu in paper towels or a lint free kitchen towel. Place a heavy object like a few pans or books on top and let it press for 30 minutes.
What does tofu taste like
When tofu is uncooked and unseasoned, it doesn’t really have a flavor. The beauty of tofu is in the marinades and sauces.
That’s why it’s really important to have a flavorful marinade like this maple miso glaze, because however you season the tofu, is how it’s going to taste.
Tofu is an amazing blank canvas for a wide variety of flavors and it has many health benefits too.
We’re not going to be marinating the tofu before because we want to bake the tofu to make it crispy first.
Before we bake the tofu, we’re going to season it with a little oil, salt, garlic powder and nutritional yeast.
The secret to getting the tofu crispy while baking is to add a tablespoon or two or corn starch. Bake at 400 degrees until it crisps up. This usually takes 30 minutes.
Line the tofu cubes on a baking tray with parchment paper, to prevent them from sticking. Once the tofu has baked, we’re going to finish it on the stove. Add the maple miso sauce to a sauté pan and stir until it thickens up.
Once it’s thickened, add the crispy baked tofu. Coat the tofu in the miso glaze and warm it up until the marinade becomes sticky and caramelizes.
Specialty ingredients & tools
The only tool that would make this all easier is a tofu press. Use code DAMNTASTY for 10% off.
You will also need a baking sheet pan and sauté pan.
Can I air fry the tofu?
Yes! If you’d like to air fry the tofu instead of bake the tofu, just air fry at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, shaking the tofu half way through. Make sure to keep the tofu in a single layer, not staked on each other, to ensure the tofu crisps up.
The tofu will last in an airtight container in the fridge for about five days. Just warm it up in the microwave or on the stove. Add a splash of water if it’s too sticky and thick.
I haven’t tried to freeze this, but I believe it would freeze well in a freezer friendly bag. Just thaw it out completely and then warm up on the stove or in a microwave.
Can I cook this in an air fryer?
Yes, instead of using an oven in the first step, you can use an air fryer.
You will still want to finish the tofu on the stove top after baking. This will make the tofu sticky and caramelize.
How to serve
This sticky tofu goes really well on top of white or brown rice or quinoa.
You can also serve it as the protein source in a vegan buddha bowl.
Goes great with shiitake mushrooms, or steamed bok choy on the side.
Double the sauce and saute the tofu with some broccoli and vegetables to make a delicious stir fry.
Sticky maple miso tofu
Baked tofu seasonings
- 14 ounces extra firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil (vegetable or avocado)
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Maple miso glaze
- 1 tablespoon miso paste (any color is fine but I used red)
- 2 tablespoons water
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon sriracha (optional if you don't like spice)
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
Press the tofu
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
- Take the tofu out of the package and press for 15 minutes if you have a tofu press and 30 minutes if you don't.14 ounces extra firm tofu
Bake the tofu
- Cut the tofu into cubes. Add it to a large mixing bowl. Add the oil, nutritional yeast, garlic powder and corn starch and a pinch of salt. Gently mix until everything is mixed together well. Be gentle while stirring to make sure you don't break the tofu.14 ounces extra firm tofu, 1 tablespoon neutral oil, 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Add the tofu to a lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until tofu is crispy and golden brown.
Make the marinade
- While tofu is baking make the marinade. In a small bowl or mug add 2-3 tablespoons of water to one tablespoon of miso paste. Stir until miso dissolves. Add the rest of the ingredients in the maple miso glaze section to the miso mixture. Mix well.1 tablespoon miso paste, 2 tablespoons water, ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon minced ginger, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon sriracha, 1 teaspoon corn starch
Add tofu to marinade
- Once tofu has finished baking, add the maple miso glaze to a saute pan on the stove on medium low heat. Stir constantly until sauce starts to thicken. This takes about 1-2 minutes.
- After sauce has started to thicken, add the baked tofu and stir until the tofu is well coated. Keep the tofu on the stove until the sauce starts to caramelize and become sticky on the tofu.
- Serve on top of rice
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